Across the country, people in recovery are celebrating their successes and sharing them with others. However, these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population. Sharing and celebrating recovery stories connects community members with one another and empowers those who are still struggling to know they are not alone.It also helps us to eliminate the stigma people in recovery often face and educate the public that recovery is possible.
Review the personal stories of people recovering from substance use disorders below and share your story here. Then ask your friends to do the same. #OurStoriesHavePower. #RecoveryVoicesCount.
“I am a person in long-term recovery from a Substance Use Disorder and what that means to me is I have been substance free for 9 years. I started using at age 12 and couldn’t stop.”
“My name is Kathleen and I am the face of long term recovery. I'm filled with gratitude as I go through my days and live life on life's terms.”
“Started drinking at 16 in 1971. Got sober in 1983 through AA. Stopped going to meetings in 1991. Relapsed in 1996. Lost everything. Sober again in AA since 2003. 3 meetings a week.”
“Clean date July 16 2015, It's wasn't bout finding a bottom it was about making a choice to put the shovel down. My biggest problem was self will.”